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Ashford University is a great place for the non-traditional student. I went to two state schools in PA before finishing up my BA in Organizational Management. People argue that students do not learn as much, or that it is easier, or they do not get the same "feel" as a traditional school. Well, it really depends on what the student wants to do. If they want to get the "feel" then go to a traditional school of sitting in a lecture hall, and going to the over crowded student union center.
Ashford University has a different learning purpose. My purpose was to finish my degree and to also gain work experience, which I accomplished. I was able to work 40-70 hour weeks, which I chose to, and also go to school full time at AU. I believe that the school emphasizes more on learning concepts, and application rather than learning terms and definitions like a traditional university. Their courses are set up where the student learns the material in a course, and applies it in their every day work environment or lives.
To be honest, I believe an employer looks more for work experience over education. That doesn't mean that they will take someone without a college education. For example, if prospect A goes to a liberal arts student with a 4.0, while prospect b has the same degree from an online school, but with five years work experience, I think that they employer will choose prospect B. Guess, what they did. I was that prospect B. I believe that their material was essential enough to learn the concepts of the basic materials, and had enough application to relate it to life. I thought that it was a great experience, that I actually enrolled in their MBA program.
Just to criticize their program, there are a couple classes, maybe one or two that are redundant, they were similar in their BA program. So is Ashford University a good school? It depends what you want to do. If you want to go to an Ivy league school and gain that "college experience" go for it. If you already had that college experience, or you want to work and go to school, Ashford University is a great place.
I do love Ashford University, because it is accredited, and it has a beautiful ground campus in Clinton Iowa. After receiving a BA in Organizational Management; I realized, that this school was better than any other school in which I have ever attended. I will soon be receiving my MBA/Marketing degree. You do have to be mature, disciplined, and eager to succeed at this school. I chose this school because Ashford does have a ground campus, sports teams (baseball, track and field, golf, etc.), with distant learning opportunities for working people.
I have had issues in the past, like any other school, where my academic instructor falsely gave me the wrong answer to my academic questions. So like any other school, job, or whatever, it does suck getting advice from those who do not attend, or understand the curriculum, and or rules of the game.
Anyhow, "Go Saints"!!!
I had a wonderful experience at Ashford. I am a flight attendant and wanted to explore the idea of finishing my degree online! At first, I was skeptical of an online degree but based on an extensive amount of research, I decided to enroll. My experience at Ashford was nothing but positive! It was very challenging for me, and I learned so much from other students and my teachers! My academic advisers were extremely informative and helpful and my graduation was amazing! I am so proud to be an Ashford Graduate!
I have been attending Ashford since March 2006, I will be graduating in April 2010. The only problem that has occured was when the Student Portal was being redone, and my future classes were not shown. I emailed my academic advisor and she was able to give me my future classes.
I have had professors that took forever to get back to me, and professors that got back to me immediately. If you think that sort of thing doesn't happen at every College than you should rethink the online courses.
I know everyone may have a different view based upon their own experience--but my experience at Ashford has been great. From the enrollment process, the financial aid, and the actual classes, I have no complaint. I am two classes away from a Master's in Organizational Management, and the academic experience has been great--but then you reap what you sow!
As far as I'm concerned, Ashford is a great value. Is it Ivy League? No, but it doesn't pretend to be. Does it offer an alternative for those of us who need some flexibility in class schedules while still doing a substantial amount of work--yes! I would recommend Ashford, and have. Four friends from work are also attending Ashford online.
I have read the negative posts for quite some time now and finally have something to say. I will be completing my MBA this month (6/09) from Ashford University and have had nothing but a positive experience for the past 18 months. For those of you who need your hands held, go to a traditional school. For the adults seeking a great education from an accredited university, Ashford is it. The teachers have been excellent, and the classes have been challenging, yet rewarding.
If you can't manage time well, or need someone to babysit you, a brick-and-mortar school is for you. I have read all the negative posts from sissys who can't handle the work load, or are looking for an easy degree with minimal effort. Go somewhere else, no-one cares, whine until someone gives you a degree instead of earning one on your own.
I am a new student at Ashford University currently seeking my BA in Psychology. Before this, I was a student with Kaplan University (which was a little fast for my taste). When I came to Ashford, my academic advisor, Micheal, was very informative, very helpful, and also showed a general passion for helping to achieve my academic goals.
Unlike Kaplan, my financial aid advisor helped me with all my financial aid documents, and was also very patient with me in getting them turned in. I felt like I belonged there, although I am online! Other than that, I find the classes to be just my speed. the only problem I have is that the books are not included with the financial aid, and without it, they are so darn expensive! I guess that is one of the perks of becoming a college student!
I have attended Ashford for almost a year; my time has been positve and uplifting. It all started with my enrollment advisor Alicia - she is terrific! With all the challenges set forth, I have enjoyed all my classes: instructors and students. The instructor's have been professional and an enormous help; guiding me and informing me of all their expectations. If someone is looking to move forward in their career or planning to take on a new one, I believe you should attend this educational institution. After all my years of experience, I don't believe any business can make all their clients happy, but a good one will make most of them satisfied.
After reading many reviews for online classes, I came to realize that all colleges receive a mixture of reviews, both positive and negative. Those who struggle in class seem to be the ones who scream the loudest about the integrity of the college they are bashing, often referring to the school as a diploma mill.
Let me set the record straight. Whether at a brick and mortar campus or an online classroom, you get out of your educational experience what you put into it. I have been enrolled at Ashford for one year, and will be graduating March of 2010. I currently hold a 3.97 GPA, but I will tell you that this is not a cake walk.
On average, I put in approximately 20 hours per week to maintain this average. When grades are posted, a class average for each assignment is posted so you may gage your accomplishments to that of your peers. Let me tell you that not every classmate does this well. For example, on our latest writing assignment, the class average was 6.16 points out of a possible 10, I scored much higher than the average, but this speaks volumes to my statement of you get out of it what you put into it.
I have found all but one of my classes to be challenging, and the instructors are always posting questions to students Blackboard discussions, pressing them to explore further. Ashford is a quality school, that is accredited. If you are serious about learning, not looking for a free pass, Ashford is an excellent choice.
I am no where near this school and I have had a great experience. I thought the adviser was pushy but really they are trained to be concerned that we choose to further our education. For most of us, if the calls stopped we would not feel the need to try getting in. I admit that I was uncomfortable with all the calls but that began in October 2007 and I am in my last class!
I had no problems and I have gotten feedback from each professor and my classmates outside of the class setting. It is school so when they say work is due on your own time, they mean any time of day, not anytime you feel like it. For example on campus students may have to bring their work to class but online students can turn it in at night in the morning as long as it is before the due. Which is VERY understandable.
Each class rubric was the same which provided me with structure. I know certain things would be due on certain days. The only way you could complain is if you didn't really want to do any work, you failed to seek understanding, or if you just aren't great in school anyway. I stay on my professors if I don't understand something. Same goes for advisors. They can only open the door for you, after that you must be dependent enough to walk in yourself! When I needed a break, they granted them.
As for as paying for books, I got a voucher. Plus I had financial aid so why not use the refund for books since it's not yours anyway? The site has even changed so that you can click a button and check your grades, gpa, schedule, and get any documents copies like proof of enrollment...there is more I could say but I am the type of person who makes my choices work for me, not against me. Good Luck!